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Hawaii Supreme Court dismisses election challenge suit

Nov. 27, 2020 11:11 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit contesting the state's presidential election filed by a woman who said she ran for president as an independent yet she wasn't on the ballot. The court's five members unanimously rejected a complaint from Khistina Caldwell DeJean,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 29, 2012 file photo, Justice George Carley speaks as he is sworn in as the 29th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia in Atlanta. George H. Carley, a former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has died. He was 82. Carley died Thursday night, Nov. 26, 2020 from COVID-19, according to a statement posted on the court’s website. (Vino Wong/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice dies from virus

Nov. 27, 2020 8:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — George H. Carley, a former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has died. He was 82. Carley died Thursday night from COVID-19, according to a statement posted on the court’s website. Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted his condolences Friday night, calling Carley’s death a...

President Donald Trump waves from a golf cart as he plays golf at Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

Nov. 27, 2020 6:52 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state’s election results. Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court...

Shuttered mall could be used as a site for jury trials

Nov. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A shuttered Massachusetts mall is being considered as a site to hold jury trials when they resume early next year, officials say. The state Trial Court's Chief Justice Paula Carey in a letter to Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough is a...

Woman who pleaded guilty to shaking baby to get new hearing

Nov. 27, 2020 3:32 PM EST

A Jackson County woman who pleaded guilty in 2007 to shaking a baby to death has won an appeal in court, authorities said. The hearing will give Amy Wilkerson a chance to argue that her plea and life sentence should be overturned, The Sun Herald reported. In 2018, Circuit Court Judge Dale Harkey denied Wilkerson...

Hawaii extends limited access to state courthouses

Nov. 27, 2020 2:36 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The chief justice of Hawaii Supreme Court has extended an order which limits access to state courthouses to official business through the end of the year but allowing the chief judges of circuits to set rules for courtrooms within that jurisdiction. The state judiciary began postponing...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

Nov. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the...

Top court to review order to open police disciplinary files

Nov. 26, 2020 9:12 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court will decide if state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can order the release of police disciplinary files dating back 20 years. The decision came in an order issued Wednesday by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. It comes a few weeks after a state appellate court...

Judge refuse Missouri tenants request to halt evictions

Nov. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a request to halt evictions after a tenants' rights group in Missouri claimed Jackson County was violating a federal moratorium that aims to stop the spread of COVID-19 by preventing homelessness. The ruling Tuesday comes in the lawsuit filed by KC Tenants...

FILE - In a Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA Corp., speaks to the media at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued SCANA Corp., its subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas along with the utility's former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Federal officials say two former executives at a South Carolina utility, former CEO Kevin Marsh and Executive Vice President Stephen Byrne lied repeatedly to regulators and investors about the progress of construction of two nuclear reactors, taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of investors and ratepayers. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Former executive faces prison time in SC nuclear debacle

Nov. 25, 2020 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a single watt of power is almost certain to spend time in prison. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh signed a deal Tuesday agreeing to plead guilty to felony fraud charges in federal...